Letting in the Sun
Open all the windows and see bright whiteness, thanks to the sun. I am sitting inside a white sheet of paper. I summon shapes and colors to join me, onto and into this background, creating an in-between space to linger inside of abstraction. Uncertainty and no-time are self-evident, but there is also the option of time-suspension and letting love creep in.
There was a man this morning in between the leaves who spread his arms wide open toward the sky, to drink in as much sun as possible. The sun was purple, very large and heavy, gleaming with blue glitter, and the man at the bottom stretched his entire body as wide as he could to let energy in.
Sivan Lavie is an artist living in Tel Aviv. Born in Haifa (1992), Sivan’s family emigrated to Europe when she was 9, and she grew up and lived in Zurich and London. In 2016, Sivan returned to Israel after 15 years abroad. Alienation and disconnection are feelings that have stayed with Sivan for many years: not quite fitting into Europe, being an outsider, and her return now brings a fresh, shifted perspective.
My practice is a playful exploration of abstraction. I explore phenomena that are liminal and escape words, experiences that rattle, I see things that are not verbal or namable. I drink the outside and take to my studio moments; thoughts, experiences that happen in moments of stillness become part of my internal world. Form, color, materials pass through my hands. The work speaks of a simultaneity of floating- seeing things from a shifted perspective- and, being grounded. There is a bodily element in the work: Through painting in large dimensions I am entering myself inside a painting.Through three dimensions I eliminate the canvas and the work becomes the thing in itself. I create my own rules and systems that are based on the real world but are completely skewed, messed up, and by maximising these small liminal moments and elements that are in conflict, there is an experience of time suspension, meditation, during which the eyes can swim and the body can reconnect with its primal function of just being.
Venue: Abulafia 6 project space, Tel Aviv, Israel
Closing: 9 June 2018